How you choose to express your love for your partner is completely up to you and for some couples, a commitment ceremony may be the ideal choice for them. The Wedding Team at Delamere Manor have pulled together a handy guide, providing you with everything you need to know about commitment ceremonies…
1. What is a Commitment Ceremony?
A commitment ceremony is similar to a wedding ceremony, only without the paperwork. It’s when two people commit their lives to one another in a ceremony which can include regular wedding traditions but does not result in a legally binding marriage.
2. The History Behind Commitment Ceremonies
Commitment ceremonies have been happening for thousands of years due to same-sex couples not being legally allowed to marry by many religions and cultures in selected countries. As only 29 countries have legalised same-sex marriage in the present day, this is still a huge reason as to why many couples opt for commitment ceremonies. However, other reasons include wanting a ceremony without witnesses, not being able to get a marriage license in time, and sometimes even for tax purposes.
3. Where can you Have a Commitment Ceremony?
While weddings must take place in a public place in the UK, commitment ceremonies aren’t governed by law, therefore, your commitment ceremony can take place wherever you choose! From a cabin in the woods to under a waterfall at your favourite holiday destination- find a place that is special to you and your partner.
4. What Happens at a Commitment Ceremony?
As there are no legal requirements to having a commitment ceremony, this means you can include as many elements from the traditional wedding ceremonies as you like! Many couples like to include exchanging of vows and rings, having bridal and groomsmen parties, walking down the aisle, and having a big reception where you can have your first dance as a committed couple.
5. What Do you Wear to a Commitment Ceremony?
Again, this is totally up to you and your partner. However, many couples opt for the traditional wedding attire including tuxedos and a wedding dress for the bride.
Delamere Manor is Cheshire’s most sought-after wedding venue. To find out more, including availability for 2022 weddings, get in touch with the Wedding Team at Delamere Manor on 01606 261361 or email us at email@example.com